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‘I want to change the world’

Ja'Kaurie Kirkland makes an impression on pretty much everyone he meets, including us. Learn what’s behind his positive outlook...

‘Unity is always important’

Sharing about his Hindu faith with his peers and others is important to this high school freshman, who has plenty more going on...

Teaching history as history is happening

In Bill Crane’s 26 years of teaching U.S. history at Rockford High School, rarely has the subject been so immediately relevant to his students’ lives...

She got her start at Kent ISD’s Early Childhood Program after a ‘practice interview’

Ashley Karsten is the new director of Great Start Readiness Program at Kent ISD...

Plant whisperer, reptile rescuer, amphibian aficionado

Creative, innovative, imaginative ... Many of today's students are all that and more in a vast variety of interest areas. This series features students with exceptional and unusual gifts...

Enthusiast of sports, students and the outdoors who won’t stop believing

Aaron Roussey is the new Union High School School principal...

Childhood sports nut, always ready to rise up for children

Mindy McGinn is the new Lakes Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

From digging swimming pools to stupid human tricks, this admin has a looong list...

Luke Scholten is the new Kenowa Hills director of special education and early childhood education...

Kevin Philipps joins Kent ISD as new financial chief, likes education’s collaborative approach

After spending the last 13 years as an administrator at East Grand Rapids Schools, Kevin Philipps is the new Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services at Kent ISD...

Trio of peers cast in Civic Theatre production of ‘Frozen Jr.’

Byron Center High School students and friends Alexa Wollney, Xavier Turner and Abbie Westers all landed major roles in the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre musical ‘Frozen Jr.’ ...

Instructional leader gets to the heart of learning

Thornapple Kellogg Curriculum Director Kim Chausow looks back on 30 years with the district...

Shoe salesman and mashed potato maker comes back to his roots

He wasn’t drawn back just because he went to school there, but also because they teach using personal mastery and competency-based education...

When you empower students, ‘they will amaze you’

Caledonia High School’s new principal moved up from the assistant...

Most important thing we do is ‘have a belief in our own bright future’

On the road with family or in the stands with fellow Cubs fans, this new school chief is a Yooper who wants students to shine in their own best way...

Hooked on history and gifted in writing, senior publishes paper on PBB crisis

Eastern High School senior Claire Parish’s National History Day article on the 1970s PBB crisis is in the current issue of Michigan History magazine...

This musician’s swan song is sure to be just his start

After embracing cello instruction, East Kentwood High School senior passes huge music milestones, looks ahead to college...
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